Building a routine is something I’ve been trying to do for the past year or so. It still just hasn’t stuck.
I find myself procrastinating until the last minute to do everything. Here I am, the day before I wanted this post to go up, finally writing it. I don’t want to be like this. I want to be that person who is ahead of everything.
So that’s why I’m writing this post. I’m hoping that someone can connect with it and be able to become the person who doesn’t want until the last second to do everything. I’m hoping I’m that person as well.
So, here are some tips to building a routine from someone who knows how to build a routine, but doesn’t do it because she is not following these tips.
Have a reason
What is your reasoning for wanting to have a routine? These may seem like something to obvious, but sit down and figure it out. Why?
Here are my reasons for wanting to have a routine:
- For my son. I feel like not having him on a routine is not benefiting him at all. He’s as confused on when do things as I am.
- Content. Without a routine, I’m finding myself waiting until the last minute to do things and then everything is rushed. And that tends to show. It probably is in this post as well. I’m sorry.
- Consistence. If I’m waiting until the last minute to do everything, there’s a high likelihood that I won’t finish what I’m doing on time. Then I just decide I don’t have to do it. Hence the reason there wasn’t a post Friday.
- Happiness. I get stressed when things are rushed and I’m not being the best me I can be. So putting myself into a routine will help me to get the stuff done I want to get done and I’ll have a chance to be less stressed out.
- Time. If I’m on a routine, I’ll have more time. Does that make sense? Not entirely. Proceed to next tip.
Don’t do everything at once
One issue that I have is that I try to do everything at once. Sometimes it works because I’m in the flow of doing it. Other times, it stresses me out and I keep getting distracted, leading to me taking 5 hours to do a 1 hour task.
Block everything out. I will be getting into why Block Scheduling doesn’t work for me in another post, but I still like to incorporate a bit of it.
I have a rather short attention span. So, I have been trying to take 15-30 minutes at a time to do something before doing something else. That’s enough time to get going on some things and then stopping before I get distracted.
By taking everything a little bit at a time, it leads me to getting everything done quicker than realized.
I had a bad habit of waiting until the last minute to do my homework assignments. I spent this week taking a little at a time. Near the end of the week, I fell out of doing that. But even then, it took me so much less time to finish my assignments today than it did any other week.
Give yourself some deadlines. Have an assignment due Friday? Tell yourself you’ll have it done by Thursday. Then if something happens, you’ll have that bit of leeway. If you’re over paranoid, like me, make it Wednesday.
I try to do this with my posts and videos. I try to bulk film all my videos for the week over the weekend. Then I want to have them edited and ready to go the day before. I have realized that this isn’t enough leeway or motivation for me. So I’m going to try to make it two days this week.
Don’t Stress if you don’t get it
Things happen. Sometimes we aren’t meant to be on a routine.
Everyone is different. We all have different lives. Some things work for some people, but don’t for others and that’s okay.
My routines are going to be very minor impacts on my life. I’m hoping to just set aside an hour or so a day for each thing. Sometimes more, sometimes less. I will adjust as needed. If it doesn’t work, that’s fine.
Don’t stress about it. Have fun. It’s your life and you can make of it what you will. Whether that be waking up and following a strict morning routine, making sure you eat breakfast and work out EVERY MORNING or just waking up and having a cup of coffee and reading a book. Dealing with the workout and breakfast when you are ready. If it doesn’t happen, that’s fine.
If you would like for me to do a post listing some healthy habits I either do or that I would like to incorporate into my life, let me know in the comments.
Also, let me pose a question for you:
What is one thing you want to add to your routine?
For me, it’s definitely yoga. I have never been someone who has done yoga religiously, but it is something I’ve always been interested in. I’ve tried adding it a few times, but then life happens and something goes wrong in my life, leading me to stopping. I’m hoping to pick it back up again soon. I even downloaded an app for daily yoga to see if it helps.
I’ll talk to you all in the comments. Until then, have a wonderful day and remember to smile.